There is a big fasting boom on the internet, but it is hard to sift through the claims of fitness and health bloggers and the real evidence.
I have spent hours reading studies on fasting - it is obvious many have concluded that various forms of fasting actually do induce several health benefits such as increased human growth hormone production, augmented metabolic regulation of Sirtuins (that may play a role in decreased carcinogenesis and slower ageing), increased neural autophagy, increased neural cell growth, increased lifespan and others.
While this sounds amazing and more human studies are needed, I wonder if anybody knows if we can already infer from the evidence we have an optimal feeding pattern for humans?
I feel (I am not sure exactly) that the 16:8 intermittent fasting pattern (16 hours fasting and 8 hours of feeing time daily) has had some research done on it, but yet again, mostly non-scientists propagate the idea. I am looking less for other/new evidence of fasting's health benefits, but rather for science-backed conclusions. I believe we should be able to gather the evidence and implement it correctly.
I wonder about this because who wouldn't want to know how to eat in a way that would prolong our lifespan and have other health benefits?